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Gov. Scott Walker signs 11 bills designed to combat opioid addiction

Gov. Walker signs bills designed to combat opioid addiction

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker signed nearly a dozen bills designed to combat opioid addiction at stops around the state.

The governor signed four bills in De Pere — and planned to sign four more bills in Onalaska and three bills in Schofield on Monday.

Walker called a special legislative session in January to pass the bills, calling opioid addiction a public health crisis in Wisconsin. The Legislature still took more than five months to pass all the measures.

The bills include measures that ensure someone who overdoses would be immune from probation or parole revocation if he or she enters a treatment program, allow school nurses to administer overdose antidotes and allow emergency and involuntary commitment for drug addicts.